Meriem Collection Sale One / 672

The Meriem Collection. Lot 672

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**A BLACK OVERLAY WHITE GLASS SNUFF BOTTLE
IMPERIAL, ATTRIBUTED TO THE PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1770-1820
Of compressed pear form with flat lip and an oval recessed foot surrounded by a slightly
flared footrim, well carved in rounded relief with three sinuous chi dragons flying
around the sides in stark contrast to the white ground, coral stopper with jadeite finial
and black vinyl collar
6 cm. high
$4,000-6,000

P R O V E N A N C E :
Robert Hall, London.

It is extremely rare to find a true black overlay glass snuff bottle, as a fine line divides what is a
genuine, opaque black, and what is in reality a very dark olive-green, for instance. The present lot is
one of the best examples, and only a handful of others are published (including two from the Bloch
collection, illustrated by Moss, Graham, Tsang, A Treasury of Chinese Snuff Bottles, Vol. 5, Glass,
nos. 962-3). Given the intensity of the black, and the confident carving of the favored court motif
of flying chi dragons, it is likely that this was made for the Court. For references to other glass
overlay bottles with this subject, see under lot 631.
1770–1820

The Meriem Collection. Lot 672

Hugh Moss |